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Spring 2023

5397 Trade & Sustainable Development - TRUJILLO- 23884

Professor(s): Elizabeth Trujillo (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: International Law 
Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  TTH  Location: 213 

Course Outline: This course introduces students to basic legal principles for international trade and its relevance to sustainable development. Students will review U.S. trade policy in the context of international trade rules established through the World Trade Organization and relevant regional trade agreements. Basic trade law will be examined, with a focus on the rules that relate to sustainability. As countries begin to transition their economies towards clean methods of supply-chain production and clean energy, international trade rules become increasingly relevant in both promoting sustainability and in managing domestic policies that comply with trade rules. The course will address the topic through the lens of the United Nations Sustainability Goals as well as through domestic policy, allowing for a fluid discussion of the local and global aspects of sustainable development. Specifically, related trade topics that impact environmental policy such as dispute settlement, supply-chain management, corporate social responsibility and international standards, border tax adjustments, tariff and non-tariff policies will be discussed. Though the focus of this course is primarily on environmental sustainability, it will also address other relevant areas of sustainability such as human rights and energy policy from the local, regional, and global perspectives.

This course will have a final take-home exam.

No pre-requisites are required to take this course.


Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


Prerequisites: No  

First Day Assignments: First Day Assignment


Final Exam Schedule: Take home exam      

This course will have:
Exam: Take Home Exam

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: There are two required books for this course: 1) a casebook, Pauwelyn, Guzman & Hillman, International Trade Law (Wolters Kluwer, 3rd ed.); 2) a book entitled Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, and Krister Andersson.

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